Gavin Harbinson finally enjoyed the success his recent form has deserved when he took the Sunday Shop Sweep with 42pts off 16.
8 pars and 10 bogeys meant he managed to avoid any of the little disasters which have spoiled so many of his recent cards. Having spent the year in the golfing shadow of son Ryan’s exploits, Gavin can be the main story teller in the festive family meals of the next few days.The Best family has been hitting the golfing highlights recently led by young Zach, and he continued on his winning ways by coming 2nd with 41pts off 12, despite carrying a 2pt reduction from previous winning scores. With 4 holes left he had it all to do as the prizes seemed a little remote at that stage, but pars at 16 and 17 were sandwiched between a pair of birdies to give him the edge over a trio of other very talented players on 41pts.
For 5 of the last 6 Sundays Tony Henderson has had 40pts or better but he failed to find a place on the podium until yesterday’s 41pts, off 10, put him into 3rd place. His double bogey at 9 was both very unusual and very costly for him. It was the first time he had taken more than a bogey at the hole in his last 33 outings, and if he could have continued that run yesterday, he would have claimed a long overdue victory. There is still one Sunday left in the year so good luck Tony.
Brian Doley was level par after 7 holes and playing faultless golf until an NR at 8 brought him back to earth with a bump. He covered the next 4 holes in 1 under par in a typically battling attempt to recover lost ground, but three bogeys thereafter saw him come up just short to take 4th place with 41pts off 9.
Having lifted the Wednesday Sweep just 4 days previously, Kevin McKavanagh could almost he heard singing that old Hollies song ‘Here I go Again’ as he headed to the 10th tee at 2 under par after birdies at 4 and 8, and with 24pts in his pocket. A par at 10 saw the music continue but bogeys at 11, 13, 16 and 17 meant the melody faded gradually into the distance. In the end he had to settle for 5th place with 41pts off 7.
6th place went to the impressive Conor Roddy with 40pts off 12. Birdies at 4 and 8 had helped him reach the turn with 22pts but an NR at 10 put the momentum slightly into reverse.
Ronan McCrory picked up his umpteenth gross prize of the winter when he returned a 1 under par score of 69 for 37 gross pts. He had birdies at 4, 15 and 18 and bogeys at 7 and 14. For the second week in a row Gary Clarke returned a sub-par score of 69 yet narrowly missed out on the prizes on both occasions. His double bogey at 8 must have left him wondering if he will ever win another gross prize, but there is little doubt he will do so on many occasions.